JOURNAL REQUIREMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS
- The purpose of the journal is to create opportunities for students to reflect on their experiences.
- The journals also provide a record for students as they go through the experience. It can be very valuable for students to remind themselves how they were feeling Week One compared with Week Five.
- All seniors are expected to complete some type of journal reflections as part of their Senior Options. We would ask that each mentor and mentee sit down and create a plan for completing journals that will work for both parties. We are asking that all students complete a MINIMUM of two reflections each week.
- Students are encouraged to avoid writing lists of what they do during a given day. Instead, reflections should discuss how students are feeling, what they are learning and what the experience means for them. See Journal Topics and Suggestions
- Mentors may assign you a few questions to be answered every week.
POSSIBLE METHODS FOR JOURNAL REFLECTIONS:
- Carry a small notebook that you use to capture your thoughts and/or work on the question that your mentor asked.
- Sit down at your computer in the evening and reflect back on the day’s events - keep a simple document (MSWord, Google Doc) with dated entries.
- Use a blogging or journaling app on your mobile device to update anytime/anywhere with text and images:
- Free apps: Blogsy, BlogPress, iBlogger, Livejournal, Squarespace, Tumblr
- $$$ apps: Blogger, Day One, Evernote, Tumblr, TypePad, Wordpress
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- Place it on the google site or the google classroom assignments
- Mentors can set up a wiki or blog account for all their mentees as an opportunity for a group of students to dialogue regarding their experiences.
- Students can arrange to email mentors on a regular basis with their reflections.